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http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/07/sharp-aquos-led-tvs-2013/



BRACE YOURSELF: SHARP® UNVEILS BIGGER, MORE BEAUTIFUL AQUOS® LED TV LINEUP AT CES 2013

Large Screen LED TV Leader Showcases World's Largest LED TV, More Models with Quattron™ Technology, More Choices in 60", 70" and 80" (diagonal) Screen Size Classes,
and Striking Slim Designs

Las Vegas, January 7, 2013 – Get ready for an all out visual thrill ride. Sharp today unveiled nearly twenty 60" plus class TV models as part of its new line of AQUOS LED TVs, with more models that feature Quattron technology, more choices in the fast growing 60", 70" and 80" screen classes, striking new slim designs and the world's largest LED TV, the 90" AQUOS.

"It's simple – consumers want big screens with excellent picture quality, something that Sharp is uniquely able to deliver," said John Herrington, President of Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation. "We're gearing up to extend our leadership in the large screen LED TV market with our finest AQUOS lineup ever, including more choices in large screen LED TVs, more Quattron models and iconic designs."

Picture Quality
For the first time, more than half of the AQUOS 2013 large screen LED TV lineup will feature Sharp's exclusive Quattron technology in the 7- and 8-Series. Quattron color technology adds a yellow pixel to the standard red-green-blue sub-pixel structure, delivering more than a billion colors. This offers greater detail, smoother lines, and brighter yellows, deeper blues and richer golds. Screen brightness is also enhanced without compromising color accuracy.

In the new AQUOS 8-Series, Sharp takes brightness to an entirely new level with the introduction of Super Bright which combines an intelligent contrast engine with a 50 percent higher brightness panel to create Sharp's brightest picture with more contrast. The intelligent contrast engine constantly analyzes the signal and enhances the brightness of the bright objects on the screen while maintaining the black levels on the rest of the screen. The result is Sharp's most brilliant, most contrasted picture ever.

The World's Largest LED TV
Introduced in June of 2012, and standing majestically at nearly 4 feet tall and spanning 6 feet and 7 inches wide, the 90" (diagonal) AQUOS is the world's largest LED TV and continues as part of the 2013 AQUOS lineup. Its picture quality is as stunning as its size, with crisp and clear content at the highest HD resolution of 1080p. Despite its size, the TV is relatively thin and light. Weighing only 141 pounds and less than 5 inches deep, the unit is easy to mount on a wall. And with LED technology, it is so energy efficient, it costs only $28 per year to operate.

Smart TV
All three large screen series (6-, 7-, 8-Series) in the 2013 AQUOS lineup will be smart, with a dual-core processor, Web browser and built-in Wi-Fi. Sharp's SmartCentral platform provides an easy way for consumers to access virtually unlimited Web based content.

In the 2013 AQUOS lineup, SmartCentral will include an expanded selection of apps, Flash and HTML5 supported Web browsing and Android and iOS remote control operation. It will also feature Sharp Beam, a free app that enables users to send content from an iOS and Android smartphone or tablet to the big screen with a flick. A new SmartCentral feature gives consumers the ability to split screens for simultaneous TV viewing and Web browsing. Finally, Netflix subscribers will be able to search for content on their smartphone or tablet and then select to watch it on their AQUOS TV with Netflix "Second Screen" capability.

Striking Design
Sharp also brings a new innovative slim design to the 2013 AQUOS line of LED TVs. The screen bezel is astonishingly slim, so users can fit more TV in less space. The sides of the TV amazingly appear to fall away. And the whole display is sleek and thin, so customers can place or mount it practically anywhere.

High quality brushed aluminum frames adorn the 7- and 8-Series; the latter featuring distinctive diamond cut edges and a stunning silver finish. They also include new rounded-edge stands – the new 8-Series also includes a new silver plated O-shaped stand, giving the appearance of a floating TV.

Since the beautiful new designs are the perfect frames to turn a blank screen into a work of art, the new Wallpaper Mode will allow pre-installed artwork images or home photos from a USB drive on the AQUOS LED screen at a reduced light level that mirrors museum conditions, so the screen blends beautifully into a room's décor with extremely low power consumption.

3D
Eleven of Sharp's large screen AQUOS models feature full HD 1080p active 3D technology, delivering twice the resolution of passive 3D. New for 2013 is the use of Bluetooth 3D glasses that are not subject to interference.

Sound
6-Series models feature powerful 20W audio for high fidelity with clear voice, producing clean and crisp audio. The 7- and 8-Series models add Yamaha DSP technology and a 15W subwoofer, for a total of 35W, adding big, deep sound for richer audio.

Energy Efficiency
Most AQUOS LED TVs are ENERGY STAR® 6.0 qualified. In addition, the Optical Picture (OPC) feature helps save power by using a sensor on the front of the TV to detect ambient room light, and automatically adjusts TV brightness for the best picture.

AQUOS Advantage LiveSM
AQUOS connected TV owners have access to AQUOS Advantage Live, Sharp's unique, complimentary customer support program. AQUOS Advantage Live allows trained advisors to remotely connect via the Internet to AQUOS TVs to assist with setup, troubleshooting and picture optimization. And with Live answer, Sharp's experts are available to customers through a dedicated line, 1-87-SEE-AQUOS, and can provide instantaneous, remote access to representatives.

Sharp AQUOS Quattron 8-Series 3D LED TVs
• Quattron color intensification
Super Bright technology
• AQUOS 1080p LED display
• Smart TV with Dual-Core Processor, built-in Wi-Fi and Web browser
• Aquomotion960 with 240Hz panel
• Active 3D with two Bluetooth 3D glasses supplied
• 35W Audio with built-in subwoofer
• Ultra slim silver aluminum frame with diamond-cut edges
• Wallpaper Mode

Introduction:
60 inch class - LC-60LE857 (March) MSRP: $2999.99
70 inch class - LC-70LE857 (April) MSRP: $3999.99
80 inch class - LC-80LE857 (April) MSRP: $6499.99

Sharp AQUOS 7-Series 3D LED TVs
• Quattron color intensification
• AQUOS 1080p LED display
• Smart TV with Dual-Core Processor, built-in Wi-Fi and Web browser
• Aquomotion480 with 240Hz panel (C7500/LE757)
• 240 Hz panel (LE755)
• Active 3D with two Bluetooth 3D glasses supplied (LE755/LE757)
• 35W audio with built-in subwoofer
• Ultra slim black aluminum frame
• Wallpaper Mode

Introduction:
60 inch class – LC-60LE757 (April) MSRP: $2299.99
70 inch class – LC-70LE757 (April) MSRP: $3499.99
80 inch class – LC-80LE757 (May) MSRP: $5999.99

60 inch class – LC-60LE755 (February) MSRP: $2199.99
70 inch class – LC-70LE755 (March) MSRP: $3399.99

60 inch class – LC60C7500 (March) MSRP: $2099.99
70 inch class – LC70C7500 (March) MSRP: $3299.99

Sharp AQUOS 6-Series LED TVs
• AQUOS 1080p LED display
• Smart TV with Dual-Core Processor, built-in Wi-Fi and Web browser
• Active 3D (LE657)
• AQUOMotion 240 with 120Hz panel (LE657)
• Ultra slim frame
• Wallpaper Mode

Introduction: LE657 – active 3D
60 inch class – LC-60LE657 (March) MSRP: $1799.99
70 inch class – LC-70LE657 (March) MSRP: $2799.99

Introduction: LE650 – non-3D
60 inch class – LC-60LE650 (February) MSRP: $1499.99
70 inch class – LC-70LE650 (February) MSRP: $2499.99
80 inch class – LC-80LE650 (May) MSRP: $4999.99

60 inch class – LC-60C6500 (Q1) MSRP: $1499.99
70 inch class – LC-70C6500 (Q1) MSRP: $2499.99
80 inch class – LC-80C6500 (Q1) MSRP: $4999.99


For more information on Sharp's CES announcements, please visit www.SharpUSA.com/CESnews. For more information visit Sharp Electronics Corporation at www.SharpUSA.com. Find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

About Sharp Electronics Corporation:
Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan's Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer of one-of-a-kind home entertainment products, appliances, networked multifunctional office solutions, solar energy solutions, LED lighting and mobile communication and information tools. Leading brands include AQUOS® LED TVs, Insight® Microwave Drawer® ovens, Notevision® multimedia projectors and Plasmacluster® air purifiers.
post #2 of 64
My question is what has Sharp (or any manufacturer of edge lit LED TV's) done to address the uniformity issues that plagued the 2012 sets? I would like to buy LED but can't get past the clouding and flashlighting of LED's
post #3 of 64
Some of us are happy with our 2012 edge-lit models. Looks a lot better than the old Toshiba CCFL backlit, for sure!
post #4 of 64
looks like a few of these are cheaper than the 12's for the same tv... i'm guessing if you time it right, you can get a 12 at costco, and have 90 days to wait for the 13's to show and see if you'd prefer one of those....
post #5 of 64
I'm going to wait for what Sharp has in store for 2014. Their "Moth Eye" technology looks fantastic.
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We are in the market for a new TV, and the 70" Sharp has been at the top of the list.

We decided to hold off on buying and wait to see what CES was going to bring for 2013. Now that it's over, Sharp's improvements to the TVs seem underwhelming, on the surface at least. To make matters worse, I have yet to see anyone that attended the show, comment on the 2013 Sharp TVs, other than the 4K model.

The current prices of the 2012 70" TVs seem OK at the moment, but not super discounted by any means.

This has all made the decision when/what to buy all that more confusing.

If anyone has any wisdom to part with regarding 2012 v. 2013 sets, I would love to hear it.

Regards.
post #7 of 64
I'm in the same situation. It doesn't look like the 2013's will be that much different from 2012's, other than cosmetically and some improvements to Smart Central.

I like the look of the 2012 LE847U and am considering getting one of those if the price comes down a bit more.
post #8 of 64
You really can't go by a bunch of single lines in a press release. If the panel manufacturing techniques are different that wouldn't show up in those lines but would make a big difference (for better or worse) with how the panel looks. Does "Super Bright Technology" mean that that this is a next gen (prior to IGZO) panel? Don't know. But, none of that would be in the marketing brouchures.
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Originally Posted by ra302 View Post

The current prices of the 2012 70" TVs seem OK at the moment, but not super discounted by any means.

This has all made the decision when/what to buy all that more confusing.

If anyone has any wisdom to part with regarding 2012 v. 2013 sets, I would love to hear it.

Regards.

i guess i've never followed costco prices, but does anyone know if their typical non sale prices are msrp or lower? i'monly looking at the c6400 which has an msrp of 2799 and the c6500 is supposed to be msrp of 2499. kind of why i was considering getting a 6400 at the last minute, then i have time (if they release on time) to get the 6500 for basically the same money if it seems a better option...
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So this means that Sharp will abandon the 32' to 46' range of TV's? Not even one in the 40" category?
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i guess i've never followed costco prices, but does anyone know if their typical non sale prices are msrp or lower? i'monly looking at the c6400 which has an msrp of 2799 and the c6500 is supposed to be msrp of 2499. kind of why i was considering getting a 6400 at the last minute, then i have time (if they release on time) to get the 6500 for basically the same money if it seems a better option...

I just bought the Sharp 60C8470U for 1.5k at Costco this weekend. So they are going down a bit.
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i was thinking more of their nominal prices... the 70c6400 is down to 2300 i think, so i was kindof wondering if the new model would stay right at msrp for a while, or if they typically start slightly discounted.

the only thing that would worry me at all would be that since it doens't look like they have an equivalent to this years 600 model, they might castrate the 650 as far as calibration options go, du to the lower price tag.
Edited by methcat - 1/17/13 at 7:47am
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Originally Posted by GaryWA View Post

I just bought the Sharp 60C8470U for 1.5k at Costco this weekend. So they are going down a bit.

those look like they're 1700 on the web, are they cheaper in store?
post #14 of 64
This thread is dead.

Im kinda curious about this one:

70 inch class – LC-70LE757 (April) MSRP: $3499.99
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don't even see these on the sharp page yet.... considering returning my 847 and pocketing the $500...

someone hurry up and go get one cal'd so i don't have to be a guiney pig
Edited by methcat - 3/27/13 at 12:56pm
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Only place with good info on the new 2013 Sharps is ABT (as pointed out in another Sharp 2013 thread):

http://www.abt.com/product/68117/Sharp-LC70LE857U.html

They are also claiming to have the LC-70LE757U in stock. But the LC-70LE755U, which was supposedly available for pre-order, is no longer listed. So many model numbers, so much confusion...
Edited by alk3997 - 3/29/13 at 10:48am
post #17 of 64
thanks for that, shouldv'e taken a pic of the box for that at costco, looks like the 657 isn't at abt
post #18 of 64
The LC-70LE757C is now also available on Amazon. Same price.
post #19 of 64
looks like at costco the 657 is 850 off msrp, and the amazon 757 is 600 off msrp....(at least the msrps listed in the op)

link couple reviews already for the 650
Edited by methcat - 3/29/13 at 3:53pm
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Is there a good summary somewhere of the differences between the sets?
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In the market for one of these after deciding to pass on a leftover 2012... Looked at the 70" 6500 and 657 yesterday at Costco, but in that environment it is so hard to judge, interesting that they are not carrying any of the 4 pixel models.

Anyway while doing some research today it appears that Sharp has released the specs on the 2013 sets to the Canada site with most 2012 versions still listed for comparison. On most sets the only differences I can tell is the addition of the dual core processor for the Smart TV features and the new bezel.

http://www.solar.sharpusa.com/en-CA/ForHome/HomeEntertainment/LEDTV/LEDTVs.aspx?prefill=1
post #22 of 64
I would love to replace my 70" Sony XBR LCoS set with a nice 90" Sharp LCD. That being said the 80" model seems to be a much better deal. Time will tell when I can lay eyes on the new models. So is the 90" model a carry over for this year?
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In the market for one of these after deciding to pass on a leftover 2012... Looked at the 70" 6500 and 657 yesterday at Costco, but in that environment it is so hard to judge, interesting that they are not carrying any of the 4 pixel models.

Anyway while doing some research today it appears that Sharp has released the specs on the 2013 sets to the Canada site with most 2012 versions still listed for comparison. On most sets the only differences I can tell is the addition of the dual core processor for the Smart TV features and the new bezel.

http://www.solar.sharpusa.com/en-CA/ForHome/HomeEntertainment/LEDTV/LEDTVs.aspx?prefill=1

Just like buying a car, judging a TV by reading a spec sheet only provides half of the story. Is the new panel a new manufacturing generation? If not, is it even the same manufacturing line that that the previous year's used? All of that can contribute to uniformity and accuracy of colors. Neither of those will show up in a spec sheet. Cloudiness is something everyone here seems concerned about and yet not a single manufacturer will state in a spec sheet that they have reduced cloudiness issues (that would be admitting they had them in the first place).

Going and viewing the displays (when they finally come out) or reading about someone else's purchase will really be the test.

BTW, pixels are made up of pels. So these are 4 pel per pixel sets. I hope they have more than 4 pixels biggrin.gif
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BTW, pixels are made up of pels. So these are 4 pel per pixel sets. I hope they have more than 4 pixels biggrin.gif

These terms seem to be cross-used as I've seen pel used as pixel and subpixel. Sharp's documentation calls it Quad Pixel Technology which is what my brain drew from - suppose I should have just said Quattron. wink.gif


Wondering the same here most models are heavier and boast greater contrast ratios (which seem to be irrelevant these days) - wondering if they are truly new or just rebrained and reskinned. confused.gif

Wish I had paid more attention when I saw them at CES, so much to see and do there though.
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Most likely the new subwoofer that they added.
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Originally Posted by drowningman View Post

These terms seem to be cross-used as I've seen pel used as pixel and subpixel. Sharp's documentation calls it Quad Pixel Technology which is what my brain drew from - suppose I should have just said Quattron. wink.gif
...

Yes, I've seen it wrong before. Pel = Pixel ELement, which makes it easier to remember. The Quad Pixel Technology indicates that each pixel is made of quad elements. Subpixel would also be correct usage although technically a bit ambiguous. Subpixel indicating the sub-elements of a pixel, I guess.
post #28 of 64
Looks like they have now been posted to the US site...
http://www.sharpusa.com/Home/ForHome/HomeEntertainment/LCDTV/Models.aspx
The question is now when are we going to start seeing these in the stores..
post #29 of 64
costco has had the two i posted about since at least the 26th....
post #30 of 64
Ok I thought you said Costco only had the 6-series. Will check it out this w.e. my preference is for 240hz native. Would like to see the 7 &.8 series side by side.
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